We had a close one today. A tornado hit here in Billings, MT and it was visible from our property.
I did not see it as I was in another part of town working on a project. Rita called me about 4:30 and said she could see a funnel cloud out the window. She did not know at that time if it was moving toward our house or not.
We do not have a basement or viable crawlspace that could be used for shelter in such an event. I knew from her description that she had enough time to vacate the premises.
She snapped this image right before she took off.
The arrow points to the funnel cloud. It looks like smoke coming out of a smoke stack but I can assure you that is the tornado on the ground.
I stayed at my client’s house which was getting pummeled by hail and I battened down the hatches for him since he was gone for the afternoon. I thought for sure his new skylight was going to break. That would be just dandy since I recently installed it and the bathroom remodel isn’t even finished.
Anyway, I knew the safest place for me to be was right there since he had a basement and there were sirens going off everywhere. As of the most recent reports, several businesses were destroyed but fortunately nobody was hurt.
So what did I do while the weather was going crazy? After I got my tools picked up outside I kept working on the inside of the house. What else was I going to do? The weather was too bad to travel anywhere so I worked.
That is all for now. I am getting close to having my work schedule under control and that means I will be able to return to sharing with my fellow woodworkers. But for now I am still working long hours 7 days a week. I can say the recession seems to be over in Billings.
Here is a link to the local news station for more (and better) images of the tornado. http://www.ktvq.com/news/tornado-hits-downtown-billings/
Your friend in the shop and thankful to still have one;)
Todd A. Clippinger
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com